nearbeer (5669) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2017
12 oz. no bottling date. Mostly clear chestnut pour with a big spongy foam. Nose is vanilla toffee, light oak and chocolate. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla toffee and occasional lightly soured berry. A touch of cocoa and oak in the long finish. Near-medium body leans big towards the vanilla aspect of the barrel but isn’t overly sweet or boozy. One of the best in the style, but needs a more flavorful beer to properly do battle with the barrel. Medium-plus fizz is a bit much at times, but mostly under control Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Sure, it smells like bourbon, but there’s a chemical note in there that reminded me of my childhood somehow - maybe modeling clay. Aroma also reminds me of grape soda. Cloudy dark red, fair label, squat US potato-masher micro bottle. Tangy, moderately sweet, artificial froot flavors - like grape Now & Laters, not very bitter, moderately astringent. Didn’t love it. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle, your fucking kidding me this won GOLD in GABF07 Barrel Aged beers! What the fuck was the competition? Oak aged woodchuck?!?! Pours an amber red body with a tan head. A thin watery oak vanilla and light bourbon body with over ripe fruit and a bitter finish. Eh its okay but undeserving of its accomplishments... jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
It poured a hazy dark reddish color with a small head. The aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruits and some caramel. The flavor was of caramel, oak, light bourbon, light fruits and light vanilla with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish. A very decent Irish Ale. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy dark brown color with a moderate off-white head. Nose is odd - once I read the description, I see why. The toffee and bourbon really come through, especially the toffee. Bourbon really comes through in the taste, but little else does. Not my type of beer.
nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
The aroma is sweet with caramel, toasted oak, bourbon, and a touch of sourness. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with both yummy caramel-bourbon and nasty sourness. The palate is OK. Overall a real enigma I don’t know if it has quality issues or just a bad mix. Nekronos (4213) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 17, 2014
Very nice in flavour, in aroma too. Very heavy in features but ver good brewed this one. Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
12oz bottle Label says Reilly’s Oak Whiskey Red 5/27/09 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Taste of oak, vanilla, little sourness, and slight bourbon. This light bodied brew is not bad wish it had more bourbon and it is not very well balanced. Not bad. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
12oz bottle from my Colorado connection - thanks, Prof! Can’t say I’m at all a fan of the style, but TP managed to do something at least a bit distinctive. Deep copper pour, with minimal carbonation and more than sediment: actual chunks, yo! That’s earthy. Sharp nose, almost astringent, surprising if the beer has actually been aged for the full year. Mild tartness in the flavor, toffee malts beneath, but overall way too sharp and barrel-heavy. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Hazy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of whiskey, grains, caramel and mild bready malt. Taste is a bit rough, doesn’t come across too well. Sour whiskey, caramel, light vanilla and oak and notes of fruit. Meh.